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"A tour de force of horror and philosophical suspense." (The New York Times)
"So exhaustively suspenseful....It should be devoured at one sitting." (Newsweek)
"McEwan...a breathtaking master...has written a blueprint for the future of the genre." (Time)
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By Kenneth on 05-10-05
A Lifelike Knot of Possibilities
At first I thought this was going to be "The Spy Who Fell Into the Cold War." The setting was right; the characters were available, but then, like life, it veered into an unexpected alley. So I thought it was going to be about romance and trust and danger. But the danger wasn't from the embattled governments or other outside influences in the divided city or the divided society; the danger was from inside the relationship, from inside the individuals. Then, like life, the story veered again, coping with danger, and danger was like a voracious beast intent on devouring the trust and the romance. Only the ending of the novel doesn't ring true for me, the looking back, the untying, the rekindling; these are the postscripts to a Hollywood movie, the way we'd like things to be, under control and logical, but not very lifelike.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Geoffrey on 08-19-04
A little gem
I read it entirely by accident and could not put it down . Well written, good character developement and portrayed spying from a down to earth perspective and honesty. There are no heroes, we see people with all their faults and idiosyncracies, stumbling through life. A work of fiction but set around an event that really occured.
I knew Berlin in the cold war era and the book and characters made me have a certain nostalgia for a time which is now gone forever( thank God ) and the players of the game, US, Brits and Germans and of course the Russian bear . I reccomend it.
Geoff Holdway MD Ancaster ON Canada
14 of 15 people found this review helpful